About Wayne Hoffman

Wayne Hoffman is one of Idaho’s leading experts on public policy, the Idaho Legislature and the practice of journalism. Hoffman has spent 25 years writing about government and politicians. He writes a weekly column, found in newspapers and on websites throughout Idaho, and is often invited to speak on complex issues including taxation, health care, free markets and education. Throughout his years in the news business, Wayne won numerous awards for investigative and political journalism. During his years of covering the state legislature, governor’s office and state agencies, Wayne often exposed government waste, failed government programs and politicians whose voting records were inconsistent with their rhetoric. After leaving the news business in 2005, Wayne became the special assistant to the director of the state Department of Agriculture. In 2006, he managed the communications efforts of several successful political campaigns and became the communications director for Congressman Bill Sali. Wayne lives in Nampa with his two children. Wayne has been at the helm of Idaho Freedom Foundation since the organization launched in January 2009. Email: [email protected]

Office space spending far more “absurd” than Medicaid work requirements

Opponents of work requirements for Medicaid-expansion recipients claim it will cost millions of dollars to implement such a requirement. However, it is unlikely the cost would reach that high. Idaho already requires food stamp recipients [...]

School “turnaround” legislation would reward failing schools

Public schools should be held accountable for failure. Instead, Idaho lawmakers are considering a bill that would reward schools and their employees for underperformance. It’s all part of the so-called School Turnaround Act, which passed [...]

King Martin: Let’s keep parents in the dark about vaccine exemption

When school districts and private daycares tell parents, as they often do, that children need to be immunized before they can attend, that’s only partly true. Some might argue that it’s a lie by omission, [...]

Hoffman: Media hurts credibility, fuels distrust with coverage of Idaho lieutenant governor

Dear Idaho reporters, editors, news directors, and producers: I write today about Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin and the reportage of the events of Feb. 28. I write as someone who has been on all [...]

Lawmakers attempt to make new welfare program to tackle teacher shortages

There’s a poster occasionally displayed in legislators’ offices that says, “Government: If you think the problems we create are bad, just wait until you see our solutions.” It’s common for legislators to ignore their own [...]

Real work requirements and a sunset needed for Medicaid expansion

The House Health and Welfare Committee has voted against considering legislation to repeal Medicaid expansion or, at minimum, review the expansion before renewing it in a few years. Thus, it seems a Senate bill is [...]